“It definitely built us up as a team. Each round is different, each game is different, each possession is different. But it helped us as an overall group, built character. Our backs were against the wall, everybody counted us out when we went to Memphis, saying we were going to lose. We caught a little break with Zach Randolph not playing in Game 7, but they had a chance to put us away in Game 6. We fought and we showed that resiliency.”
You talked about losing yourself in the game and playing for the joy of it. Do you feel like you’ve hit the reset button and got back to that?
“Most definitely. It’s a game. It’s important, we want to win championships, get to the top of that mountain. But it’s a game. You put too much pressure on yourself, you take that fun and joy out of it. I never want to do that no matter the circumstances. Just want to keep the game pure...Easier said than done, but if I stay conscious of it, I can do it.”